On Saturday, November 5, 2016, the Breeders’ Cup returned to Santa Anita Park for its 33rd running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year marks a record ninth time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, consisting of 13 races and purses totaling $26 million over two days at one of the world’s most scenic racing venues. Swiss Watch Brand Longines proudly timed the event as the official partner and Timekeeper of this year’s Breeders’ Cup.
It was an exciting race to the finish line as Arrogate passed the crowd favorite California Chrome to capture the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Jockey Mike Smith is a four-time Classic Winner while Arrogate won his fifth consecutive race. Smith also took home the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Smith, had previously won the Shoemaker Award in 2012 and 2013 Breeders’ Cup.
The Breeders’ Cup attracted new partners this year. Among them, Aston Martin became a first-year partner. They provided a special driving experience and tours of their 2017 DB11 Aston Martin, a pre-production car.
Allison Janney presented a trophy to Mike Smith at the Winner’s Circle at a race earlier in the day. In addition to the exhilarating races, Boyz II Men stole the show with soulful harmonies in front of a record-breaking crowd of 72,811.
This annual world-class event combines the finest Thoroughbred racing with an unparalleled lifestyle, culinary, and entertainment experience. In addition to the racing, award-winning chefs created unique food and beverage experiences for guests throughout the weekend. The Breeders’ Cup curates a unique shopping experience and social media experience for all guests and VIP ticket holders.
Elizabeth Banks walked the red carpet dressed in an Alice & Olivia skirt, Constance Zimmer wore a Tucker dress, and Katie Aselton strolled around in Madewell shoes. Camilla Belle carried a Louise et Cie bag and wore her favorite pair of Perverse sunnies, as did Billie Lourde. Other celebrities in attendance included: Emily Ratajkowski, Bobby Flay, Wilmer Valderrama, Taylor Lautner, Bo Derek, Aisha Tyler, Holland Roden and more.
As Sentient Jet’s very own CEO and President, Andrew Collins mentioned, “[the Breeders’ Cup] is one of the most exciting events in the sport.” Sentient Jet joined on as the official private aviation partner for the 6th year in a row.
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